Thank you so much for your support! Unfortunately, this disaster hit home. It was my island of Leyte (capital: Tacloban), with a total population of ~1.7m, which bore the brunt of the typhoon. I have yet to hear from my extended family in Leyte. I also don't know if our house is still standing! The phone lines are down and will most likely take weeks to repair. I've heard from my nephew, a Cebu newspaper photographer, who visited Tacloban earlier this week, that relief has finally arrived. Another nephew left USA on Sunday bound for Leyte, in search for his father-in-law whose untimely arrival was last week in Tacloban. After 5 hellish days, they finally connected.
Please allow me to digress for a moment and say that although we often hear how slow the response is from government and outside agencies, massive deliveries/aid could only arrive to Leyte by ship which took days, especially when it also had to avoid the storm. Leyte only has the one airport in Tacloban, which had to be repaired. My nephew stated that looting was NOT rampant, but were isolated incidents. Filipinos face a multitude of disasters every year from earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruption, landslides, floods, tsunamis. Hence, I/we are quite resilient. But sadly, I must say that this is the worst natural disaster to hit the area. I'm quite certain everyone on the island was affected. Needless to say, I'm grateful that I have many generous friends who are willing to help me in my fundraising effort. A medical mission/relief effort has been scheduled in January by my organization. I will be leading the relief effort for Leyte.
Please write your checks to PAANC (Philippine-American Assoc. of North Carolina) - memo: Project Haiyan - Leyte. We are a non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible. Cash is also accepted. If you wish to mail your donation. please address it to:
c/o Susan Serna, Treasurer
Raleigh, NC 27604
On behalf of the countless Filipinos affected by the typhoon, thank you!
With heartfelt thanks,
PAANC Board Member
On Nov 15, 2013, at 11:35 AM, Bernard Lai <[address removed]> wrote:
As we all have heard about the devastation in the Philippines, we are writing to pledge for your kind donations to help the victims of this disaster.
Serve N Play is donating the newest Yonex Nanoray Z-Speed racket (http://www.yonex.com/nanoray/) as a raffle prize, and we are selling raffle tickets at $2 each. You can purchase the tickets from us at Bond Park this Friday and Saturday, and at the UNC Fun Event this Sunday. The winner drawing will take place on Sunday at the conclusion of the event. This drawing is open to EVERYONE! You do not have to be present on Sunday to win!! If you are unable to purchase in person, we will accept email purchases (please email at [address removed]) stating the quantity of tickets and we will reply and issue you your ticket numbers. You can choose to either pay later or on PayPal to [address removed].
100% of the proceeds will be passed onto Josie Spontak, a fellow badminton enthusiast, as she is spearheading another effort in the relief fundraising.
Donations, small or large, will make an impact! Let's all be thankful for what we have and show compassion to the less fortunate!
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